New report shows that more people in the UK are concerned about climate change than ever before

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New report shows that more people in the UK are concerned about climate change than ever before

A new study suggests that record numbers of people in the UK are concerned about climate change and 90% recognise the goal of reaching net-zero emissions.

The UK public is more concerned about climate change than ever before, based on a new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The recent Public Attitudes Tracker Survey conducted earlier this year suggests that the percentage of people UK that are concerned about climate change has reached the highest level ever recorded.

The survey showed that 85% of the UK public are concerned about climate change, compared to 14% who are not concerned. Furthermore, 44% describe themselves are very concerned about climate, with a little over 40% stating they are relatively concerned. The report, launched during the extensive coverage of the climate challenge in the lead up to the climate summit, found that nearly 90% were aware of the concept of net-zero emissions, a 30% increase since the beginning of the year.

Dan McGrail, the CEO of RenewableUK, said that COP26 represented a landmark event, raising public awareness throughout the year to the highest level regarding the urgent need to act quickly and decisively.

Taking necessary action involves accelerating the rate of onshore and offshore wind farm development, increasing the deployment of innovative technology, tidal and green hydrogen facilities. 

The study also confirmed that many respondents support additional renewable energy development with 54% stating that they back using renewables to reduce emissions in the UK.

There was significant support for the offshore wind industry, with 84% of people emphasising their overall backing for accelerated development in the market.

Earlier this week, the government announced a £285m funding round for renewable energy projects, intending to secure a total of 12GW of new clean energy capacity. The latest round in the Government’s Contracts for Difference Scheme is available to an increased number of renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, tidal and floating offshore wind.

McGrail explains that contracts for clean energy generation should run every year to enhance clean energy production in the UK. McGrail believes that we need to make decision-making processes at each level of the planning system more flexible and responsive to the rising demands from the public for clean energy.

The final auction for new contracts to build clean energy announced this week represents the biggest of its kind and support the UK in taking a big step towards our climate change goals by securing the highest level of new capacity. McGrail explains that if we held these auctions on an annual basis rather than every two years, we would accelerate the movement towards net-zero.


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